The spec­tac­u­lar views from Pahiatua Rail­car

Bush Telegraph - - EXPLORE PAHIATUA - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Over 500 peo­ple were reac­quainted with the Manawatu¯ Gorge over Labour Week­end when they made round trips through it in the Pahiatua Rail­car Toko­maru.

It is a 1938 car, one of six made and one of four sur­viv­ing, named af­ter the Ma¯ ori Ca­noe Toko­maru.

On Satur­day the pas­sen­gers left from Woodville and then re­turned from Ash­hurst in a 40-minute jour­ney with com­men­ta­tor Don Selby pro­vid­ing the in­for­ma­tion.

On Sun­day the trip was re­versed, with five trips each day and all of them booked out.

Two pas­sen­gers said the views were spec­tac­u­lar and they were sur­prised how small the three slips were.

Don says the week­end was hugely suc­cess­ful and the weather en­hanced the ex­pe­ri­ence.

An­other day of trips is planned for De­cem­ber 30 and book­ings through the i-Sites are fill­ing fast. A trip costs $25 per adult, $20 per child, $80 for fam­ily of two adults and two chil­dren.

The Pahiatua Rail­car So­ci­ety plans to re­peat the trip ev­ery six months but says it is quite com­mit­ted al­ready with an Aus­tralian tour booked from Auck­land in late March.

Pahiatua Rail Car Toko­maru heads to­wards the Manawatu¯ Gorge on its re­turn trip to Ash­hurst on Sun­day.

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